Continuing on my bushcrafts theme at the moment I ordered some military-issue 550 paracord. This is cord with a rated strength of 550lbs (250kg) and is constructed of a flexible outer cover, which contains 7 white nylon cords. It can be used for everything from rigging a tarp for shelter, to repairing a broken rucksack strap, to tying sticks together to make shelter. The inner core can be removed to use as thin string for a fishing line, etc.
As well as just chucking one 15m (150ft) length in the bottom of my rucksack, I thought I’d have a go at making a ‘survival strap’. Survival straps are woven/knotted items made from paracord and which are part of your everyday kit – worn or carried. They an be unravelled to provide a short length of paracord to use in an emergency.
I decided to make a bracelet; I’ve decided paracord bracelets are the height of fashion! I followed a couple of instructional videos to complete a cobra braid. I was dead chuffed that I managed to complete this in about 20 minutes!
Unfortunately it is a wee bit too tight for my wrist despite following the sizing instruction carefully. However it is not wasted and I’m using it as a zip-pull on my work-issued rucksack.
My second attempt at the paracord bracelet fits perfectly!
This is made from approximately 2 m/ 7 ft of paracord.